Cast Iron Pans Cast iron pan owners swear by them for their even dispersal of heat and non stick nature. However, iron is not as happy go lucky as other metals. Initially, the pan must be seasoned with vegetable oil in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for at least an hour. Each time you heat the pan with oil, it will season till it obtains a beautiful dark color. Don't wash off the black patina thinking it is dirty. In fact, never use soap or scour the pan or you will remove the essence of the pan. Dry your iron pan on the stove with medium heat but watch it so it doesn't burn.
I absolutely love my Guacamole Del Rio recipe but it's better suited as a dip than a condiment. It has a very aggressive spice, onion and garlic flavor that could overpower a dish where you just want creamy avocado flavor. This guacamole goes will with tacos, burritos, tostadas or just about any Mexican food you might be making. You could even spread it on a sandwich :)
The most important step is picking out ripe avocados. I've outlined the steps quite extensively in my Guacamole Del Rio recipe so refer to it for assistance if needed. One thing I didn't talk about, however, is what to do with avocados that aren't ripe. Avocados don't ripen on the tree. I often stick them in a brown paper bag. This allows the ethylene gas they produce to help ripen them. Don't stick them in the refrigerator as this will retard the process. In 2 to 5 days you will have ripe avocados!
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, being careful not to over mix the avocado. You want some chunky avocado in the condiment, not a lifeless bowl of liquified avocado fruit. I often add the diced tomatoes at the end so their structure is not compromised. It's also a good idea not to store your guacamole overnight as it tends spoil, even with lemon juice.